The Wall Street Journal on Thursday strongly urged Romney to pick the seven-term congressman. “The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election,” the paper wrote. “More than any other politician, the House budget chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline.”
How With Ryan, Romney Has the Plutocrat Ticket: “In selecting Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has doubled-down on the one thing he has never flip-flopped on: economic elitism. Romney, born to wealth, has selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, who was also born to wealth. As the former University of Oklahoma football coach, Barry Switzer, once said of someone else: both these guys were born on third and thought they hit a triple.”
“There’s nothing wrong with inherited wealth. Lord knows great presidents from FDR to JFK came into their fortunes through the luck of birth. But there is something wrong with winners of the lineage lottery who want to hammer those who did not have the foresight to select wealthy sperm and egg.
“[...] Paul Ryan, the darling of the New York-Washington media elite, is almost certainly not the most qualified person Romney could have picked. Unlike governors like Chris Christie or Tim Pawlenty, or a former high-ranking White House official like Rob Portman, Ryan has never run anything larger than his congressional office or the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. The elite love Ryan because he speaks for more cowardly members of their class; his stridently anti-middle class policies are music to their ears.”
LOL: “I represent a part of America that includes inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns. Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from those running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately troubles me the most. There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures.” — Rep. Paul Ryan • In prepared remarks the just-tapped vice-presidential candidate plans to give this morning. (more here) via: shortformblog
The Ryan Pick: Vulture / Voucher 2012: “This is Romney’s Palin moment—a desperate Hail Mary pass from a campaign that must be in deeper shit than even we suspect. Here’s an excerpt from an NBC interview with Romney that positively reeks of flop-sweat: “Romney also said in the interview he would like a pledge (of sorts) with Obama that there be no “personal” attack ads. “[O]ur campaign would be—helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon—business or family or taxes or things of that nature.””
“Did he just ask Obama to help his campaign? Yes, he did. Romney’s entire candidacy is premised on his business experience, but now mentioning it is a personal attack. Oh, and taxes. Thank you, Mr. Reid, for driving Romney into making a desperation move.”
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